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Venture (SGX:V03) Is Due To Pay A Dividend Of SGD0.50

Venture Corporation Limited (SGX:V03) has announced that it will pay a dividend of SGD0.50 per share on the 21st of May. This means that the annual payment will be 5.2% of the current stock price, which is in line with the average for the industry.

Check out our latest analysis for Venture

Venture's Earnings Easily Cover The Distributions

Unless the payments are sustainable, the dividend yield doesn't mean too much. Before this announcement, Venture was paying out 81% of earnings, but a comparatively small 46% of free cash flows. This leaves plenty of cash for reinvestment into the business.

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Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to rise by 25.8% over the next year. Under the assumption that the dividend will continue along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could be 68% which would be quite comfortable going to take the dividend forward.

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Dividend Volatility

Although the company has a long dividend history, it has been cut at least once in the last 10 years. The dividend has gone from an annual total of SGD0.50 in 2014 to the most recent total annual payment of SGD0.75. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 4.1% over that duration. Modest growth in the dividend is good to see, but we think this is offset by historical cuts to the payments. It is hard to live on a dividend income if the company's earnings are not consistent.

Dividend Growth Is Doubtful

Growing earnings per share could be a mitigating factor when considering the past fluctuations in the dividend. In the last five years, Venture's earnings per share has shrunk at approximately 6.3% per annum. If earnings continue declining, the company may have to make the difficult choice of reducing the dividend or even stopping it completely - the opposite of dividend growth. Earnings are predicted to grow over the next year, but we would remain cautious until a track record of earnings growth is established.

In Summary

In summary, while it's good to see that the dividend hasn't been cut, we are a bit cautious about Venture's payments, as there could be some issues with sustaining them into the future. The payments haven't been particularly stable and we don't see huge growth potential, but with the dividend well covered by cash flows it could prove to be reliable over the short term. Overall, we don't think this company has the makings of a good income stock.

Investors generally tend to favour companies with a consistent, stable dividend policy as opposed to those operating an irregular one. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. For instance, we've picked out 1 warning sign for Venture that investors should take into consideration. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high yield dividend stocks.

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